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Aesop's Fables: Townsend (1867)

241. The Fox and the Lion (Perry 409)

A FOX saw a Lion confined in a cage, and standing near him, bitterly reviled him. The Lion said to the Fox, 'It is not thou who revilest me; but this mischance which has befallen me.'


George Fyler Townsend's translation of the fables, first published in 1867, is in the public domain and can be found at many websites, including Project Gutenberg. Illustrations come from: Aesop's Fables, by George Fyler Townsend, with illustrations by Harrison Weir, 1867, at Google Books.